Paul McCartney quotes page 1
Paul McCartney, born June 18, 1942 as James Paul McCartney, was one of the
founding members of The Beatles. McCartney had a non-religious upbringing with his mother, father and little
brother. McCartney excelled at school and was able to test into a grammar school which is where he met fellow
Beatles member George Harrison, as the two rode the bus to school together. McCartney claims Little Richard to be a
huge influence on his musical career, as well as his father who encouraged both children to play instruments and
take lessons. Actually, the first song that McCartney sung in public was a Little Richard song. At the age of 15,
McCartney joined the Quarryman band that played rock'n roll, as well as a little jazz and blues. The band featured
influential members that would later become Beatles, including Harrison and John Lennon. The Beatles was formed
from this band in 1960. McCartney stayed with the Beatles until the band dissolved in the late 60's, and then
formed the Wings later. McCartney has produced several solo albums since his time as a Beatle member, and performed
with several well-known musical acts including Michael Jackson. In addition, he has mastered several instruments -
including the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, drums, and vocals. He has been inducted in the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame, as well as being a Member of the Order of the British Empire, making Paul McCartney officially
Sir James Paul McCartney.
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
The Beatles were always a great band. Nothing more, nothing less.
It's like if you're an astronaut and you've been to the moon, what do you want to do with the
rest of your life?
None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds he was the fat guy who always played
at the back.
I'm really glad that most of our songs were about love, peace and understanding.
One of my great memories of John is from when we were having some argument. I was
disagreeing and we were calling each other names. We let it settle for a second and then he
lowered his glasses and he said: "It's only me." And then he put his glasses back on again. To
me, that was John. Those were the moments when I actually saw him without the facade,
the armor, which I loved as well, like anyone else. It was a beautiful suit of armor. But it was
wonderful when he let the visor down and you'd just see the John Lennon that he was
frightened to reveal to the world.
At the end of the Beatles, I really was done in for the first time in my life. Until then, I really
was a kind of cocky sod.
Someone like John would want to end the Beatle period and start the Yoko period. He
wouldn't like either to interfere with the other.
I'm always trying to do better music. I don't know if I've written my best song yet. That's the
big question. It doesn't stop you trying.
We didn't all get into music for a job! We got into music to avoid a job, in truth - and get lots
John's in love with Yoko and he's no longer in love with the other three of us.
What I do is I look for the positive side. I'm the only guy who sat down with John and wrote
all those songs. It's me. I've got to pinch myself, I can't believe it. I just feel blessed to have
known him and to have experienced his presence so intimately.
Us, communists? Why, we can't be communists. We're the world's number one capitalists.
Imagine us: Communists!
I definitely did look up to John. We all looked up to John. He was older and he was very much
the leader; he was the quickest wit and the smartest and all that kind of thing.
I think that, particularly in the old days, the spirit of The Beatles seemed to suggest something
very hopeful and youthful.
I feel that if I said anything about John, I would have to sit here for five days and say it all.
Or I don't want to say anything.
I am alive and well and unconcerned about the rumors of my death. But if I were dead, I would
be the last to know.
Paul McCartney, 1969
I'm mad, you know? I don't think of retiring at all.
I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting
themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the
human race when I see them cooperating like that.
I don't ever try to make a serious social comment.
I'm not religious, but I'm very spiritual.
Criticism didn't really stop us and it shouldn't ever stop anyone, because critics are only the
people who can't get a record deal themselves.
Certainly, for me, if we were ever on stage, the three of us, there'd be someone missing... I'd
look over there and there'd be someone missing and that'd be John.
I realize now that taking drugs was like taking an aspirin without having a headache.
We were pretty good mates until the Beatles started to split up and Yoko came into it. It was
more like old army buddies splitting up on account of wedding bells.
When we were starting off as kids, just the idea of maybe going to do this as a living instead
of getting what we thought was going to be a boring job, was exciting.
I can take pot or leave it. I got busted in Japan for it. I was nine days without it and there
wasn't a hint of withdrawal, nothing.
Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music.
There are only four people who knew what the Beatles were about anyway.
There's a lot of random in our songs... writing, thinking, letting others think of bits. Then
bam! You've the jigsaw puzzle.
I can't deal with the press; I hate all those Beatles questions.
I never really got on that well with Yoko anyway. Strangely enough, I only started to get to
know her after John's death.